Mark Reynolds will be the DH for the Cleveland Indians in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 11:09 am

29-year old righty swinging Mark Reynolds is going to be the full-time DH for the Indians in 2013.  He played in 135 games for the Orioles last year and he was 101 of 457 (.221 avg, .763 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 23 homers, 69 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He also whiffed 159 times while walking 73 times last year.  Reynolds has now played in 853 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 699 of 2,973 (.235 avg, .807 OPS) with 475 runs scored, 181 homers, 501 RBIs and 49 stolen bases.  Reynolds is like a right-handed version of Adam Dunn, as he walked, whiffed or cranked a homer in 255 of his plate appearances last year.  Look for Reynolds to provide a lot of homers and a pretty low batting average for the Indians in 2013.  42-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi is going to try to win a part time job for the Indians this spring.  He played in 60 games for the Rockies last year and he was 20 for 89 (.225 avg, .675 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs.  He has now played in 2,163 games in his first 18 years in the majors and he is 1,968 of 7,021 (.280 avg, .926 OPS) with 1,203 runs scored, 429 homers, 1,405 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DESIGNATED HITTERS IN 2013:  B

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